Angel received her doctorate in women’s studies at the University of Maryland College Park. Her dissertation entitled “Barriers and Facilitators to Homeownership for African American Women with Physical Disabilities” highlighted how education, economics, architecture, and discrimination, combine with personal issues of identity and self-esteem to create barriers to homeownership, and illuminated participants’ lived experiences with home and community-based services, healthcare and housing. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Disability and Human Development and the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago she became the Healthcare/Home and Community Based Services Policy Analyst at Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago. In this position she is responsible for monitoring disability rights developments in healthcare and home and community-based services, and facilitating systems advocacy efforts through an intersectional lens. In multiple capacities she continues to speak, teach, write, and advocate on issues pertaining to social justice, and inequality especially as they impact women, people of color, and other marginalize persons with disabilities.
Angel Miles is a 2022 grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems program, managed by AcademyHealth.